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By Andrew X. Pham

Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim publication Prize
A New York Times awesome booklet of the Year
Winner of the Whiting Writers' Award
A Seattle Post-Intelligencer most sensible ebook of the Year

Catfish and Mandala is the tale of an American odyssey—a solo bicycle voyage round the Pacific Rim to Vietnam—made through a tender Vietnamese-American guy in pursuit of either his followed fatherland and his forsaken place of birth.

Andrew X. Pham was once born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father were a POW of the Vietcong; his relations got here to the United States as "boat people." Following the suicide of his sister, Pham hand over his task, bought all of his possessions, and launched into a year-long bicycle trip that took him throughout the Mexican desolate tract, round a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after 5 months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, the place he reveals "nothing regular within the bombed-out darkness." In Vietnam, he's taken for eastern or Korean by means of his countrymen, other than, in fact, by way of his family members, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to accomplish his trip ("Only Westerners can do it"); and within the usa he's thought of whatever yet American. a colourful, picaresque memoir written with narrative aptitude and an eye-opening experience of event, Catfish and Mandala is an unforgettable look for cultural id.

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The Left, on the contrary, hailed the revolution with delight, and held that it was vital and urgently necessary to create fighting organizations of workers in the capital. F. A. Cherevanin, the old liquidator1 and defensist, who was one of those who represented this Left view, also originated, so I was told, the idea of holding immediate elections in the Petersburg factories for a Soviet of Workers' Deputies. In any case instructions for the elections were issued by this meeting. These instructions were instantly taken up by the party organizations and, as is known, successfully carried out in the factories of the capital.

It was this that made the personal quality of the Bolsheviks· ofvital importance, since the only thing that presumably could mitigate the suppression of the democratic process-devotion to INTRODUCTION XXXV which had not been a mere foible but a matter of hard-headed politics-was the existence of a pure and high-minded Bolshevik Party, tempered in political struggle and holding the credentials of a lifetime of service to the cause. This was the only assurance, such as it was, of a tour de force that could avoid the ominous consequences foreseen by Lenin.

Miliukov,4 its leader, had declared not long before 1 This was the Fourth Duma (Parliament) , elected in 1 9 1 2 . The State Duma, created by the October Manifesto of 1905, was the lower house of the legislature and (except for the representatives of five large cities) was indirectly elected. The Ministers, who were appointed by the Tsar, were not responsible to the Duma, and its powers and influence, limited enough in theory, were in practice almost non­ existent. ). On the Left the Social­ Democrats and the Trudoviks (see note, p.

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